South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada suspended for second Test against England

• Fast bowler disciplined for telling Ben Stokes to ‘fuck off’
• Rabada had already accumulated three demerit points

Kagiso Rabada has been suspended from next week’s second Test with England at Trent Bridge after being charged for the use of abusive language towards Ben Stokes on the opening day of the current Lord’s Test.

The South African fast bowler told Stokes to “fuck off” after removing the all-rounder caught behind for 56 in England’s first innings and was reported to the International Cricket Council match referee Jeff Crowe by the on-field umpires. With the words picked up by the stump microphones, the level one charge was accepted by the 22-year-old on Friday.

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